What Types of Online Freelancing Jobs Should You Do?

So it’s been a while… I know.

I apologise.

I’ve been a bit busy, taking courses, coaching clients, redesigning my website… you know, normal running an online business stuff.

Anyway, enough about me.

Let’s talk about you.

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Yes, you.

You’ve been a bit curious about making money online and considered doing some freelance work on the side while you’re still working at your day job.

The only issue is you don’t quite know where to start.

If that’s you… Don’t worry, I got you because that’s exactly what this post is about.

What Types of Online Freelancing Jobs Should You Do?

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I remember when I first looked into the world of online freelancing 6 years ago.

My first thought was “This shit is crazy”. True story.

There were jobs as far as my eye could see, so much information on how to get the jobs and a headache the size of Lagos in my brain.

Yeah, that information overload thing.

It literally spooked me too and I didn’t know where to start.

Luckily, I know a bit more right now so let me just drop my classification of online freelancing jobs.

Types of Online Freelancing Jobs

When I was writing The Digital Hustler’s Bible, I came up with this classification so let’s just say it’s a bit funky and some may intertwine.

Just bear with me, okay?

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The way I see it, there are just two main types of online freelancing jobs.

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Yes, just two. They are:

#1. Content Creators

Basically, every freelancer from freelance bloggers, to copywriters, to explainer video makers to graphic designers falls under this category.

They basically take an idea, create content around it and sell that to people who need that content.

By the way, I started off as a freelance writer… here’s how that worked out.

#2. Servicers

I know… it sounds like it’s not a word.

Allow it, fam. And let me explain:

The servicers provide a service online and get paid for it.

This category includes freelance web developers, Search engine optimizers, social media managers, translators, copyeditors, content marketers, etcetera shmetcetera.

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Usually for this category, you need to have a monetizable skill that you can do in order to get paid.


So that’s the basic gist of online freelancing jobs. Regardless of what online freelancing job you’re considering, it will fall into one of these 2 categories.

Which Online Freelancing Job Should You Choose?

The long and short of this is that the online freelancing jobs you should go for ultimately depend on:

  • Your skills
  • The amount of time you have to work
  • Whether you’d want to learn something new

Let’s talk about your skills:

If you have skills in a certain field already, you can always find a way to do it online. If you’re a lawyer, offer legal consulting services online. If you’re a typist, go get data entry or transcribing jobs online.

If you’re a web developer, your choice of jobs is kinda obvious, isn’t it?

Now, about time:

If you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to freelance jobs online, you should focus on getting freelance jobs that don’t take too much of a time, something like freelance writing for about 5 hours a week would suit you just fine.

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Most freelance jobs usually indicate how much time will be required to complete the job and how many hours a week you’d be required to work so make sure to take time into account when you’re applying for jobs.

On openness to learning:

Well, if you’ve looked through your skill set and you feel you don’t have the skills to pay the bills, then you have only one choice if you’re looking to become an online freelancer.

And the choice is this – learn something new.

There are no restrictions to learning something new that you can use to earn online, so you’d do yourself a lot of good to find something you’re interested in, learn how to do that and do that on a freelance basis online.

Don’t tell me you don’t know where to start learning online. A simple Google search will solve all your problems.


Oh, and if all else fails, you can always become a freelance writer. The fact that you’re reading this right now, means at the very least you can read and write. And if you can do that, you can become a freelance writer.

I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy road. But as long as you’re determined to make money online freelancing, you can do it.

Keeping it 500,

Tomi Joshua


P.S. What do you think?

Did Tomi hit the hammer on the head of the nail? Do you disagree with my classification?

Let’s talk in the comments.

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